Elle King and Nile Rodgers Release “Honky Tonk Disco Nights” From Scripted Podcast “Make It Up As We Go” Season 2

The season two finale of the critically acclaimed scripted musical podcast Make It Up As We Go from Audio Up,is out now through SiriusXM audio entertainment platforms — including the SXM App, Pandora, and Stitcher — and other major podcast platforms in the U.S.  In conjunction, Audio Up Records today released the original single created for the podcast titled “Honky Tonk Disco Nights,” performed by GRAMMY-nominated artist Elle King, and GRAMMY Award-winning music icon Nile Rodgers.  Co-Written by Scarlett Burke, Audio Up CEO and founder Jared Gutstadt, Abby Anderson, and Gabriel Kirshoff; the upbeat, funk-inspired track made its premiere in the season two finale this past week, and is now available across all streaming and digital platforms.  Get the single HERE.  Watch special behind the scenes footage with Elle King and Nile Rodgers HERE.

Make It Up As We Go: Season Two continues the gripping story of ambitious young country singer Charlotte Sayles (portrayed by singer, songwriter, actor, and series co-creator Scarlett Burke), who has now made her way into Nashville’s male-dominated country hit factory to shake things up and make her fame. Following the death of her beloved father, Charlotte returns to her home state of Texas. Stricken with grief, and pulled in countless directions, Charlotte decides to attend legendary country songwriter, Liz Rose’s, writing retreat in Hill Country. Her experience writing at the Wayside Ranch pushes Charlotte to reach a turning point in her career. She pursues a deal with a big publishing company, and fights to balance work with her relationship with Marshall, seeking harmony between emotional stability and professional independence. Right when everything seems to be looking up, Charlotte is tested again, as the reverberations of “cancel culture” behind the scenes in the Nashville songwriting world are exposed, bringing to light the complexities of fame and fortune in Music City.

Scarlett Burke and Audio Up Founder and CEO Jared Gutstadt, who co-created the series, provide original music along with acclaimed actor Garrett Hedlund, GRAMMY Award-winning producer and recording artist Shooter Jennings, GRAMMY Award-winning Nile Rodgers, GRAMMY-nominated artist Elle King, award-winning Nashville songwriter Liz Rose, Kat and Alex, Breland, Abby Anderson, and Chord Overstreet. Shooter Jennings and Elizabeth Cook, who both host shows on SiriusXM’s Outlaw Country (ch. 60), are also in the cast, with Jennings co-producing the show’s soundtrack with Audio Up’s Gutstadt.

All episodes of Make It Up As We Go season two can be heard through SiriusXM audio entertainment platforms — including the SXM App, Pandora, and Stitcher — and other major podcast platforms in the U.S.  “Honky Tonk Disco Nights” is available now across all streaming platforms. 

 
ABOUT AUDIO UP

Home to a world of infinite, audio-based properties, Audio Up is building an ecosystem of premium entertainment content within the music and audio space. The company is led by Audio Up CEO and Adweek’s 2020 Podcast Innovator of the Year and Podcast Producer of the Year recipient, Jared Gutstadt.  From fictional scripted podcasts, to documentary and one-on-one interview style formats, all of which feature original music by top selling artists, Audio Up’s goal is to create a new and innovative form of IP. Current scripted properties include seasons one and two of the 2021 Webby Award nominee Make It Up As We Go with Scarlett Burke, Miranda Lambert, Lindsay Ell, Garrett Hedlund and other huge country entertainers; Webby honoree for Best Limited Entertainment Series Podcast Halloween in Hell with Machine Gun Kelly, 24kGoldn, and iann dior; and Strawberry Spring, the first-ever adaptation of the classic short story by Stephen King, which was the number one trending podcast globally upon release, starring Garrett Hedlund and Milo Ventimiglia.  Other current podcast properties include the #1 charting health and wellness podcast Maejor Frequency, the riveting top 20 crime podcast Where The Bodies Are Buried, Michael Cohen’s new chart-topping podcast Mea Culpa, and the upcomingfive-part series, Hollywood Death Trip, narrated by revered author James Ellroy.

ABOUT ELLE KING

Multi-platinum, award-winning recording artist Elle King has amassed nearly 1.7 billion streams worldwide, including over 275 million for King’s recent Platinum-certified smash hit “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)” with Miranda Lambert. The track was named a finalist for Top Rock Song at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards and was also nominated for a Grammy Award (King’s fourth nomination), a CMA Award, two CMT Music Awards and was the recent recipient of the Video of the Year Award at the 57th ACM Awards (a second joint win for the pair). “Drunk” reached #1 on both Billboard’s Country Airplay and Mediabase/Country Aircheck Charts, marking the first woman-woman collaboration to reach the top spot on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart since Reba McEntire and Linda Davis’ “Does He Love You.”

Fresh off the massive success of “Drunk,” King’s latest single “Worth A Shot” featuring Dierks Bentley is currently hitting Country Radio airwaves. “Worth A Shot” is the second time King and Bentley have teamed up, following their Grammy-nominated, CMA Award winning, RIAA Platinum-certified No. 1 hit “Different for Girls.”

King’s debut album Love Stuff featured her breakthrough single “Ex’s & Oh’s,” which earned her two GRAMMY nominations and is certified 4x times platinum.  The breakthrough single hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Rock Songs Chart, topped the AAA, Hot AC, and Alternative Radio charts, leading King to become the second female artist in 18 years to reach No. 1 at the latter format.  Her single “Shame,” featured on her second studio album Shake The Spirit, marked King’s fourth radio #1 single. Prior to the release of “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home),” King released her latest EP Elle King: In Isolation in summer of 2020, a collection of raw demos/songs she’s recorded acoustically while quarantining at home.

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